Talking to Your Child about ADD and ADHD

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The younger you teach someone about ADD and ADHD, the better that person will respond. I’ve found that my clients that educate his or her child about ADD/ADHD are always better off than those that aren’t in the know.

Is there an appropriate age to have this conversation? That’s really up to the parent/guardian? Since children develop at different paces, judging the appropriate time is really on a case-by-case basis.

Why do I feel this way? Because I always advise clients to study themselves. The more we learn about how we function, the better managing our ADD and ADHD becomes. The importance of taking a few minutes and reflecting on a moment is such a key to growth. It is so important that we learn about ourselves. A child that understands ADD and ADHD is in much better position to understand his or her wiring. It help recognize how to address personal concerns related to ADD and ADHD.

For example, I know that if I am hungry, I will not function properly. While this may apply to all of us, I recognize that if I am doing client work, I need to eat something beforehand. An individual with ADD and ADHD needs to see how certain things impact his or her functioning and address the issue. Understanding ADD and ADHD is the key to properly managing it.

For more information on my ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning coaching, please visit www.adhdcoachchicago.com. To learn more information about some of the other services I provide, please visit www.carrolleducationalgroup.com and www.iepexperts.com. I can be found on Twitter at ADHDEFCoach. You can also find me on Facebook and Tumblr. My good friend and fellow ADD/ADHD Coach Tara McGillicuddy invites me as a regular guest on ADD/ADHD Support Talk Radio. Tara does many wonderful things and you should check out her website here. Feel free to email me at jonathan@adhdefcoach.com or call 773.888.ADHD (2343) with any additional questions.

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